Prayer is a communication between God and you. Prayer is a gift from God, who has
given each and every one of us the privilege and opportunity of addressing him directly.
It needn’t be in words – we can simply open our heartfelt thoughts and emotions to
our God. Our prayers in church services are corporate and follow patterns of words,
but our private prayers needn’t be formal. People often pray for help in times of
crisis or great need, but most of us don’t live all the time in a state of crisis;
prayer can simply be a thank-you for what we have, or praise – acknowledging to God
that you appreciate and believe in his greatness and goodness. Like all communications,
prayer should also be two-way – listening to God as well as speaking to him.
Jesus gave his disciples and us a model of prayer, The Lord’s Prayer, which includes
all the elements of praise, thanks and requests.